Autumn 2018

What's New at KVC


kingstonsmlLooking for a Forever Home

Kingston is a very friendly 6 month old boy who is looking for someone to love. He loves playing with our clinic cat Darcy, and is happy to get a pat from anyone who comes to see him. He is already desexed, vaccinated and microchipped and just waiting for the right family to come along.

 

 

Did you know - that most of our food products have a frequent feeders reward? Check with our friendly nurses next time you are in and we can start a rewards card for you.

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CASE OF THE MONTH
Somethings are just too Tempting

Dogs and children make great mates and often play well together, however we need to be careful that they don't try to steal the child's toys. "T" is a 2 year old pug who came to the clinic after a short history ofshopkinssml vomiting and lethargy, and being uncomfortable in his stomach. He was still quite bright in the clinic, but had a very tense abdomen.
shopkins 2smlXrays showed a square radio-dense object in his abdomen. At this stage we were still unsure what it was he had eaten.
"T"had surgery the same day and we removed a small plastic object which turned out to be the head of a shopkins toy - just the right size to get stuck in his intestine!
"T"has made an uneventful recovery and his owner is now making sure he has no more access to the childrens toys.

 


PET CARE FACTS
Claw Scratching Behaviour in Cats

Cats use claw scratching mainly to mark their territory (by secretions from glands found at the nail base), however it also serves to stretch the muscles and maintain the claws in good condition.
They may also scratch to get their owners attention, although this is less common.44992382 s
They prefer vertical surfaces that are stable and high enough for them to fully stretch. They also prefer certain textures - including sisal rope, rush matting, carpet, cardboard, leather and soft wood.
Unfortunately our furniture often has just the right texture, and it doesn't take long for a cat to wreck your new furniture.
Scratching is normal behaviour for cats, so we need to provide some outlet for this behaviour that we can also live with.
Specially designed scratching posts can be helpful, and should be high enough for cats to stretch out fully, and be covered with something like sisal or carpet.
Horizontal scratching posts can also be used - such as the Cosmic Alpine Scratcher made of durable cardboard.
Scratching surfaces should be positioned near sleeping areas and at the entry to the house (where new smells are brought in); as well as some soft logs in the garden to help them mark the borders of their territory.
They can be made more attractive by applying a new product called Feliscratch (from the makers of Feliway). Feliscratch encourages cats to scratch by creating a visual line to scratch on, as well as leaving a scent similar to those left by the glands beside that cats claws.
You can discourage your cat from continung to scratch your furniture by temporarily covering affected areas with something like alfoil (which they don't like the touch of), or by putting scracthing poles temporarily in front of these areas, to break the habit.
It may help to spray new furniture with Feliway so that the cat doesn't feel the need to mark it as part of their territory.